APEX Awards

The Alberta Pharmacy Excellence (APEX) Awards recognize excellence in pharmacy practice in Alberta. Initiated in August 2007, the awards are jointly funded, promoted, and presented by the Alberta College of Pharmacists (ACP) and the Alberta Pharmacists’ Association (RxA). 

 Michelle Foisy

Michelle Foisy

Award of Excellence

Awarded to a pharmacist for their exceptional work, commitment and innovation in making a notable contribution to pharmacy and the community through a single unique accomplishment or contribution.

2017 Winner - Michelle Foisy

Clinical Pharmacist, Northern Alberta HIV Program, Royal Alexandra Hospital, Edmonton

Michelle provided leadership in updating and implementing the most recent version of the Alberta Health Services and Covenant Health HIV Perinatal Protocol, which helps guide management of HIV-infected pregnant women and preventing transmission of HIV to the newborn child.

 Ryan Abell

Ryan Abell

M.J. Huston Pharmacist of Distinction

Awarded to a pharmacist who has demonstrated leadership and advanced the pharmacist profession through a long-time commitment to innovation, continual professional development, and quality patient care. 

2017 Winner - Ryan Abell

Director, Pharmacy Services, Central Zone, Alberta Health Services, Red Deer

Ryan is a leader in innovation and pharmacy practice and works with those on the front lines to ensure that pharmacy’s value is maximized and understood by those who influence decisions. His leadership and vision were pivotal in expanding unit-based pharmacist services at the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre.


 Klaudia Zabrzenski, Essi Salokangas, and Sokun Om

Klaudia Zabrzenski, Essi Salokangas, and Sokun Om

W.L. Boddy Pharmacy Team Award

Awarded to a healthcare team (pharmacy staff team or multidisciplinary team that includes one or more pharmacists) who, by virtue of their collaboration skills and use of the pharmacist’s full scope of practice, positively impact the health of individuals in their community.

2017 Winner - Adherence & Community Engagement (ACE) Team,

Mint Health + Drugs Community Members Pharmacy, Edmonton

Launched in August of 2016, the ACE Team is Edmonton’s only pharmacist-led HIV outreach team, consisting of two pharmacists, Klaudia Zabrzenski and Essi Salokangas, and licensed practical nurse Sokun Om. The ACE team approaches HIV/AIDS care using a holistic lens and intensive care management.

 Andrew Noh

Andrew Noh

 Gina Giurguis

Gina Giurguis

 Jenny Edwards

Jenny Edwards

Future of Pharmacy

Awarded to up to three pharmacists per year who have been in practice less than five years and who exhibit strong leadership skills, the initiative to become a role model, and offer extraordinary promise to the profession. 

2017 Winners

Andrew Noh

Clinical Pharmacist, Mint Health + Drugs Community Members Pharmacy, Edmonton

Andrew works primarily with inner-city patients who often require daily assistance. He provides marginalized patients with the immediate support they need, expanding his focus well beyond the traditional roles of a pharmacist.

Gina Giurguis

Clinical Pharmacist, Calgary Co-Op, Calgary

In her role as a community pharmacist, Gina conducts diabetes clinics and provides smoking cessation consultations. She is also involved in improving public health by promoting and administering vaccines for shingles, pneumonia, and influenza.

Jenny Edwards

Internal Medicine Pharmacist, Peter Lougheed Centre, Calgary

Jenny is part of a multi-disciplinary internal medicine team that includes internists, resident physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and students. She meets patients in the emergency department to complete best possible medication histories and medication reconciliations and follows up with patients throughout their stay.


 Dr. Charlotte Jones

Dr. Charlotte Jones

Friend of Pharmacy

Awarded to a non-pharmacist who has contributed to the success of the profession of pharmacy.

2017 Winner - Dr. Charlotte Jones

Associate Professor, UBC Faculty of Medicine, Kelowna, B.C.

Before moving to B.C., Charlotte spent much of her career in Alberta, involved in many studies and projects that involved collaboration with pharmacists. She is currently working on the Alberta-wide RxEACH study, the largest-ever randomized trial of pharmacist identification and management of cardiovascular risk factors.

 Ken Forgach

Ken Forgach

Pfizer Consumer Healthcare Bowl of Hygeia

Awarded to a pharmacist who has compiled an outstanding record of community service which, apart from their specific identification as a pharmacist, reflects well on the profession. 

2017 Winner - Ken Forgach

Clinical Pharmacist, Critical Care, Royal Alexandra Hospital, Edmonton

On top of his full-time position, Ken volunteers three to five days a week. He has established several programs including the Hymningbirds, which makes regular visits to local hospitals, nursing homes, soup kitchens, and prisons. He also created Burgers, Bananas & Blessings—a monthly summer barbecue for Edmonton’s hungry and homeless.